My LifeDrive was not keeping a charge and then not charging and I replaced the battery with a new one. Now, after the battery has been changed, it continues to not charge above 33% and it almost seems like the unit does not charge, even if the charging light is on, unless I "jiggle" it to get the lightning bolt to appear. This happens consistently even when I plug it in to 3 different charging units that I have (a Palm LifeDrive stand and two other portable plug-in cords). Is this a battery problem or a problem with the physical place where the charging cord is to be plugged in? I do not get any error messages or other alerts. Mark
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Re: Palm LifeDrive not charging
I had the exact same annoying problem. Easy fix though. Get the palm universal cradle. The power connector is either worn or loose and making partial contact. So when you use the normal adapter there might be a position that works but generally it won't. When you use the cradle the weight of the LD presses the contacts more and it will behave.
I went through a couple of chargers before getting the cradle and fixing it once and for all.
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The best thing to do is to go to the free palm chat service
they offer. I have used this and it worked good for me. Here is a link to the
free chat service. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see a Palm
Chat. From there click on the link that says Chat Now and follow the online
prompts. Best wishes...I hope this will help you.
Now for the link....
The clicking noise usually indicates a hard drive problem. There are replacements available. You can get a replacement hard drive or a flash card drive. Of the two the flash drive is by far the better choice.
Usually those symptoms mean a motherboard problem or a battery problem. Both are replaceable and worth doing if you use your LD.
You can try a power reset. Plug the LD in and hold the 5 way button down then reset the Ld using the reset button. You may need 3 hands to do this. Sometimes this will reset the power section and get you running.
Yes, you can use it but DO NOT INSTALL "Documents to go". The version of this software is not compatible with Vista and Sync will hang at it.
If you have already installed it, just -> remove programs -> uninstall "Documents to go"
Disable (do nothing option) sync of "Documents to go" using the application, not from HotSync Manager.
When you plug the unit into the wall to charge, poke the reset hole in the back of it at the same time. This should reset the internal recharging mechanism in the Palm. Let it sit for a couple of hours and then see if it will come on.
I would guess you bought a dud micro drive or its been cleaned off. You could try a hard reset and see if it fixes itself. Perhaps the fellow cleaned off his information but hopefully he left the restore partition alone. You can rebuild that if you extract the files from the 2.0 upgrade and so on. There are a few tutorials on how and what to do on some of the hardcore LD sites.
Hopefully you didn't harm the board itself with a static discharge. I've seen a few guys do the swap and end up with a dead LD but usually they don't see anything at all.